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August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

August is for vacation.

Also for photography!

As I gather my gear for some amateur photo action on my upcoming holiday in the Caribbean, I would like to leave you, in this month’s newsletter, with three amazing bodies of photography works I recently came across, from three ingenious photographers around the world:


Fashion and Nature

Valentino pre-fall 2015 | "Pillars of Creation" through the eyes of Hubble telescope (photo by NASA)

Valentino pre-fall 2015 | “Pillars of Creation” through the eyes of Hubble telescope (photo by NASA).  Pairing by Liliya Hudyakova.

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A Birthday Dreamscape | Act III: The Hybrid Here and Now

July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Act I –  Voyage to the edge of the universe

Act II – Quantified-self, lifelogs and someone else’ mindscape

Epilogue – The comfort of my cake


Act III – The hybrid Here and Now

The birthday came and went, but the angst have not subsided.

Stop thinking so much about the future.  Worry not about your place in the universe.  Quit the futile attempt of analyzing yourself.  “Here and now” I remind myself.  Live the moment as it is!

But where is Here and what is in the Now?  And how best to capture the moment?  Suddenly I am so disoriented that even the zen attitude is challenged on the most fundamental levels.

The lifelogging exhibition still open for a few more days, my mind revisits the Science Gallery to take a look at another installation, which could be a superior method of capturing the “now”.  Compared to some of the other works, it also emphasizes “caring for oneself” more than “knowing oneself”.  Since the 24th September 2003, Alberto Frigo, an Italian media artist currently living in Sweden, has been photographing objects he has used with his right hand, as one of eighteen different aspects of reality he is collecting.

It has been 31 years since I inked the very first word in my journal, but my teenage self at the time gave it no forethought whatsoever about this number. Three decades in the future would have felt like the next life to her, too distant to be bothered with.   Frigo’s project, on the other hand, is well planned out – it will be 36-years-long, from 2004 to 2040 when he turns 60.

Alberto Frigo’s exhibition at Dapiran Art Project Space, Utrecht, Netherland, April 2015

Alberto Frigo’s exhibition at Dapiran Art Project Space, Utrecht, Netherland, April 2015

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My journal since July 1984

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A Journey into the Deep. On World Oceans Day

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate the “Blue Heart” of our Planet, which covers almost 71% of its surface, is the principal component of Earth’s hydrosphere, forms part of the carbon cycle, regulates climate and weather patterns, served as the impetus for the emergence of life 39 billion years ago, and continues to provide the life support system for all known species on Earth, supplying half of our oxygen. I have selected a stellar collection of ocean arts and designs, created by four multi-talented individuals and teams, to honor the occasion.

Underwater Photographs

Jim Kirklin
Oceanographer, software engineer, and nature photographer
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Purple Ring Top Snail (Calliostoma annulatum), Monterey Bay, California

With an advanced degree in geophysics and a career that has included time with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and work on research projects in 3 different oceans, as well as a number of years working with a startup developing a new class of autonomous vehicles used in the ocean, Kirklin has developed an intense interest in the ecology of the ocean and its varied marine life. He has also been photographing nature and wildlife most of his life and an avid SCUBA diver for the last 20 years. Sooner or later these three interests were bound to intersect in underwater photography, resulting in stunning images of ocean life in the waters off California, Florida, Carribean, Solomons, Micronesia and Galapagos Islands, etc.

A selection of these images can be seen in our Visual Arts gallery. Kirklin’s works give us a glimpse of the beautiful and mysterious life in the world’s oceans, only 5% of which has been explored. The ocean is the habitat of 230,000 known species, but over two million marine species are estimated to exist.

Kirklin’s underwater photography has won awards and been featured in shows on the Central Coast and Sonoma, California. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound and The Fury. And the Redemption?

April 26, 2015 § 7 Comments

A scientist’s chamber orchestra project for nature and humanity, a photographer’s beautifully haunting industrial documentary, an architect designer’s alluring vision of future human habitat, and my (humble) reflections.

Fashionably late for Earth Day.

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Saturday morning at WholeFoods.  I sit down at a table outside the check-out counters to start writing this article, while my parents go into the aisles for the week’s grocery.  Earlier in the car, they were discussing an added task for this weekend – which other shops to go to next, to get what present for which relative or friend, since my father is going back to China for a month, my hometown being one of his stops.  The task is a rather difficult one these days, as China has every kind of stuff sold in America, then some; but gifts remain a must to bring along with a visit, as good social grace and relationship gestures.  Pushing a green shopping trolley, they continue their discussions.

 I, on the other hand, am preoccupied with my article for Earth Day.  WholeFoods seems like an appropriate venue to kick off the writing while waiting for my parents to go through their chores.  But before I type the first word, that feel-right ambiance also cast a shadow of doubt.  Have I, a California-living, healthy-eating, WholeFoods-shopping “liberal progressive” become too out of touch with reality and too self-righteous? « Read the rest of this entry »

A Mathematical Appreciation of Pasta

January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Pappadelle Tortellini

You may have never associated your ravioli, tortellini or fettucini with a compass or a ruler.  “Pasta by Design”, a special book with mouth-watering photographs laid out side by side with intricate equations and sophisticated drawings, would convince you that those utencils are as relevant to your beloved pasta as your fork, spoon or knife.

Here are a few sample pages from the book.  And these stories can tell you more about George L. Legendre, the architect who authored the book, and the mathematics in your pasta:

The book can be purchased from Thames and Hudson or Amazon.

October 8, 2014 “Blood Moon” in Stunning Photos

October 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Starwatchers across the Americas, East Asia and Australia were treated to a spectacular total lunar eclipse today, and astrophotographers captured stunning photos of the “Blood Moon”, nicknamed such due to the coppery, reddish color the moon takes as it passes into Earth’s shadow.

This phenomenon was the second this year, after its first appearance on April 15.  There will be two more Blood Moon showings in 2015, on April 4 and September 28, respectively, making it a rare tetrad.

美洲、东亚和澳大利亚的天文爱好者们今天尽享到月全食的盛景,由于在进入地球的影子里时反映太阳在大气中的光线放射,平时清亮银色的月亮, 变成了铜红色,被昵称为“红月亮”或“血月亮”。 这里是各国天文摄影者拍摄的精彩照片。

这一现象是今年的第二次,4月15日曾经发生过一次。明年2015年的4月4日和9月28日“血月亮”还会有两次亮相,这一连四次的罕见事件被天文学家们称为“血月亮四分体“。

X-Ray Flora And Fauna Come Together As Art

July 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

By Andrew Nunes, originally published in The Creators Project Blog

Fairly uncommon among the visual arts canon, X-ray artworks certainly do pop up from time to time, ranging from colorized X-ray portraits to digital digital X-ray mirrors. While fauna— and sometimes even animal-human amalgamated hybrids— can be the subjects of these works, very rarely have flora been X-rayed for artistic purposes.

Arie van ’t Riet, a Dutch physicist who specializes in low-energy radiology, decided to intersect X-rays with plant and animal life forms in a series of works that bring art together with science in a refreshing manner. The works show X-rays of a variety of animals including iguanas and ducks, amongst an even more variegated group of plants. Certain portions of the flora and fauna are colorized through Photoshop, resulting in fantastic polychromatic fragments amongst the traditional monochromatic tones of X-rays. « Read the rest of this entry »

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